American athletes celebrating at the Olympics

Celebrating American Olympic Athletes & Education

The Olympics in Rio are coming up in just a few weeks! This August the world will be glued to their TV screens watching their team fight for gold. Did you know that some of our country’s greatest athletes are college graduates? We want to celebrate these athletes by honoring their achievements both in their sport and in their education. We also added some interesting facts in there. Enjoy!

Michael Phelps

University: University of Michigan
Major: Sports Management
Sport: Swimming
Games Attended: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Gold Medals: 18
Fun Fact: He is the most successful Olympian of all time with 18 gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

Michael Phelps swimming at the Olympics
Allyson Felix

University: University of Southern California
Major: Elementary Education
Sport: Track & Field
Games Attended: 2004, 2008, 2012
Gold Medals: 4
Fun Fact: Adidas paid for her college education and Nike helped get her to London.

Allyson Felix running at the Olympics
Greg Louganis

University: University of California, Irvine
Major: Drama
Sport: Diving
Games Attended: 1976, 1984, 1988
Gold Medals: 4
Fun Fact: He wrote a bestselling autobiography about his career, his love life, and HIV diagnosis titled Breaking the Surface.

Greg Louganis diving at the Olympics
Christie Rampone

University: Monmouth University
Major: Special Education
Sport: Soccer
Games Attended: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Gold Medals: 3
Fun Fact: She planned to go on to become a teacher after graduation before receiving a fax to try out for the USWNT.

Christie Rampone playing soccer at the Olympics
Michael Jordan

University: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Cultural Geography
Sport: Basketball
Games Attended: 1984, 1992
Gold Medals: 1
Fun Fact: After coming out of retirement, he donated his first year Wizards salary to 9/11 relief efforts.

Michael Jordan playing basketball at the Olympics
Misty May

University: California State University, Long Beach
Major: Kinesiology/Fitness
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Games Attended: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Gold Medals: 3
Fun Fact: Misty competed on season seven of Dancing With the Stars with Maksim Chmerkovskiy but had to withdraw after an injury.

Misty May playing volleyball at the Olympics

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